Eagle Cut Quick Start Guide
For Beta Version 0.78.4
August 15th, 2019
Thanks for downloading Eagle Cut! You’ll need a few things to get Eagle Cut up and running:
- A PC Windows 7 or above, or a Mac running the current version of MacOS
- A Credit Card to put on file for charges
- A Plotter
Note: these instructions are for the current Beta version of Eagle Cut and may see changes before our full release of the software & service.
Visit the EagleCut software download page to download the version for your machine. Windows 32 Bit & 64 Bit are in a single installer package, and are compatible with Windows 7 & up.
Mac versions are only known to be usable with MacOS 10.14 Mojave, though they may work on older versions, but are not supported.
To download the software, you’ll need the password provided by the Eagle Enterprises sales department, which is only available by invitation currently.
2. Installing Windows Versions
During this phase of the Beta, it is recommended to be logged into an account that has Administrator rights on your Windows 7, 8, or 10 machine so Eagle Cut’s driver control system works properly. In later releases, we’ll be removing that requirement.
Start with EagleCut.0.(versionnumber).exe installer. During this phase of the beta, EagleCut is an “unsigned binary”, so you may get a warning like this:
Click “More Info” and click “Run Anyway”. Follow the installer prompts from there until it’s done.
3. Installing MacOS Versions
Open your Downloads directory, and double click the EagleCut(version number).dmg file. Drag EagleCut into the Applications directory to install it.
4. The Eagle Cut Main Menu
When you start Eagle Cut, you’ll be presented with the Home Screen and Main Menu:
On the left side is the Main Menu for navigating various sections of Eagle Cut.
On the screen itself, each labeled section will give you a quick bit of information:
A: The current version of Eagle Cut that you’re running.
B: If you’re logged in or not, and what user you’re logged in as
C: If a new version exists, it will show you the next version number, and some very short notes about it. There are different ‘levels’ to the version announcements – white is a normal update, yellow is an important update (fixing large bugs), and red is a critical update (you MUST update your version now)
D: Server announcements – these also come in colors, including white for simple announcements, yellow for important upcoming things, and red for critical announcements such as upcoming server downtime.
5. Setting Up Your Account
You’ll need to set up an Eagle Cut account to download, edit, and plot templates. Click on “Your Account” for login or account creation options:
Click “Create New Account”, and fill out all the information.
When you’ve filled out all the information, click “Create Your New Account”. Your information will be saved and Eagle Cut will automatically log you in.
6. Credit Cards
You’ll need to have a credit card on file when you plot an Eagle Cut template. Eagle Cut does not store your credit card information locally, nor does it store on our servers. Instead, your credit card information is securely stored in an Intuit “Quickbooks Payments” wallet. Click “Add New Payment Method” and fill out the credit card information.
Once on file, you will only be able to see the name and last four digits of the credit card on file and have the option to remove the card at any time. Additionally, you can have more than one card on file at a time, up to 10 cards for payment in total.
7. Setting Up Your Plotter(s)
Once your card(s) are set up, click “Plotters” from the Main Menu. Here, you can set up Serial, USB, and Serial over USB connected plotters. You can have any number of plotters installed.
A: click on “Add A Plotter”. Give your plotter a meaningful name – it doesn’t have to be the manufacturer’s name, it can be whatever you want.
B: Select if it’s going to be USB or Serial
IF IT’S SERIAL:
C: Click on which port it’s connected to (for instance, COM3 on Windows, or /dev/tty1 on MacOS. These are only examples, it may be different on your system.)
D: Fill out the Baud Rate, Stop Bits, and Data Bits – we load in defaults for a Summa Graphics plotter, but your plotter may be different. Look in your user manual for the default settings. If you can’t find it in your manual, or have lost your manual, try changing Stop Bits: 2 to Stop Bits: 1 – that should work in most cases.
IF IT’S USB:
PC: Eagle Cut will present you with a list of USB devices with loaded drivers and plugged in. If your device is not listed, make sure it is plugged in and turned on, then click “Refresh List” to see if it shows up.
If your plotter does not show up on the list, you may be experiencing a problem with an improper driver or no driver loaded. You can try clicking on the next section “Show Big List”, which will show a lot more devices. Find your plotter on that list instead, and click it.
On MacOS, setup will continue.
On Windows, we use a universal plot driver solution, and a new driver will be created and loaded in place. You may have to give Windows permission to change the driver.
With this universal driver on Windows, no other plotter software can use the plotter at the same time as Eagle Cut. When you close Eagle Cut, we unload the driver and restore the previous driver so your other plotting software will still work just fine after you turn your plotter off and on again.
E: You’ll now need to use our calibration system to calibrate your plotter to get maximum accuracy. Load product that is at least 14″ wide, and click “Click here to plot a calibration plot”. The plotter should now plot a 14″ x 14″ square with an X and Y marker on it.
Measure this AS PRECISELY AS POSSIBLE. Enter the X (Width) and Y (Length) measurement in the two fields provided. When you’re done, click “Save New Plotter”.
8. Finding Templates
Now that we have everything in order, you can begin finding templates to plot. On the Main Menu, select “Find”. You’ll be able to browse the Eagle Cut catalog. Items are broken down into Make and Models, then each style beyond that.
Clicking on a specific template style, for instance “Heritage”, will show you a full size version of the catalog page, where you can get more information about each item within that style.
This gives you compatibility information and variant information. Below the catalog page you’ll find a series of buttons for each variant, along with it’s part number (the same part numbers found in the Eagle Enterprises catalog) and pricing.
Clicking on one of the buttons will load that template. You will not be charged to download and edit the template – charges only occur when you plot a template (for a reason you’ll see in a moment.)
9. Edit Your Template
One you’ve clicked on a template, it will be loaded and presented in the editor. Here, you can make quite a few changes, but in this section we’ll only cover a couple of them (more editor documentation will be presented elsewhere.)
At the top, we can see two very important things – what template we’re working with (EE4205 – Heritage RS Accent Blank Rally Kit) and the current cut cost. If you were to plot this file as-is, it would cost $28. If you only need a portion of the template for a repair or replot, click on a line, then tap “delete” on your keyboard.
Now the cut cost is reduced to half since we’ve deleted half of the item.
If needed, you can also draw new elements or add text to your template.
Items that you draw or text that you add do not affect the cut cost of a template and are shown in a different color (so that you know which things you’re paying for). Additionally, you can import custom graphics in SVG format by using File -> Import from the menu.
Not all SVG elements are supported since SVG allows for things like color fills, animation, and more.
If you need to add text to your plot, select the font tool, and add one of the custom created Eagle Cut fonts. be sure to check your font height and spacing. Click where you want the text to begin, and then type your text in the text window.
Once you have any changes you need setup in the editor, click Plot on the Main Menu. You’ll be presented with a thumbnail for your plot along with possible plotters you can send it to.
Once you click a plotter, you’ll be presented with a list of the cards you have on file – select which one you want to use.
Clicking on the card will begin the plot process. If you are on Windows and haven’t used a particular plotter for that session, you will see Windows load the universal plotter driver and then begin to plot. The universal driver is only loaded once per session (so if you hit plot again, it’s a faster process) and is unloaded when you close Eagle Cut.
Your template should now cut once the credit card charge is processed.
11. Exiting Eagle Cut
On Windows, always be sure to click the X on the upper right hand corner of Eagle Cut to exit Eagle Cut. This allows Eagle Cut to unload the universal driver for any USB devices it used, so that other plotting software can use it after you’ve closed Eagle Cut, and turned your plotter off and on again so that Windows can reload your original driver.
If for any reason your other software can’t reach your plotter after using Eagle Cut, open Eagle Cut, wait a moment, and close it again to force the driver to be unloaded. Then, reboot your computer. This only applies to Windows PCs using USB devices – serial devices and Mac computers don’t use the universal driver.